Science Daily, Aug 31 2012

Bacteria in hyenas' scent glands may be the key controllers of communication.

The results, featured in the current issue of Scientific Reports, show a clear relationship between the diversity of hyena clans and the distinct microbial communities that reside in their scent glands, said Kevin Theis, the paper's lead author and Michigan State University postdoctoral researcher., Aug 30 2012

Computer viruses are constantly replicating throughout computer networks and wreaking havoc. But what if they had to find mates in order to reproduce?

In the current issue of Evolution, Michigan State University researchers created the digital equivalent of spring break to see how mate attraction played out through computer programs, said Chris Chandler, MSU postdoctoral researcher at MSU's BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action., Aug 30 2012

A Michigan State University professor is setting up one of the first HIV/AIDS registries in the country to include people from rural areas.

Associate Professor Peter Gulick is heading up the study that he hopes will provide answers to those who have questions about the disease.

Michigan Ag Connection, Aug 27 2012

Soybeans are one of the largest commodity crops in the world.

They also are starting to play a major role in reducing our carbon footprint, providing improved environmental performance and replacing finite, non-renewable resources such as oil.

The Guardian UK, Aug 27 2012

The Philippine Archipelago is filled with a tremendous variety of living things, and hundreds of new species have been discovered recently on the islands. The most recent addition to this roll call of biodiversity are not one, but two species of owls that are new to science., Aug 23 2012

The bitter debate over whether vaccines cause autism is masking real problems with the modern inoculation schedule and encouraging a growing number of parents to refuse recommended vaccines for their children, argues a Michigan State University scholar.

In his new book "Vaccine: The Debate in Modern America," Mark Largent writes that extremists for and against vaccinations have clouded the issues for parents seeking to make the best possible decisions for their children's health.

MLive, Aug 23 2012

It sounds like the stuff of science fiction —a parasite that can get into the brain and lead a person to commit suicide.

But a parasite-suicide link is the subject of research led by a Michigan State University scientist and published this month in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. The study found people who have the parasite called toxoplasma gondii are seven times more likely to attempt suicide.

Energy Next, Aug 22 2012

Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) in the US have developed a new method that uses microbes to produce biofuel and hydrogen while consuming agricultural wastes. Energy Next presents a detailed account of the new technology.

Something bugging you? Better hope it's not Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite once thought to be harmless that Michigan State University researchers have recently linked to biochemical changes in the brain, some of which can lead to suicidal thoughts.

The report, published in Biological Psychiatry, is based on a study that examined the blood work of more than 7,400 patients with mood disorders.

Daily Mail UK, Aug 21 2012

A parasite found in cats is tampering with people's brains and driving them to suicide, research suggests.

Scientists have shown that men and women infected with a bug that breeds in cats' stomachs and worms into people's brains are seven times more likely to attempt suicide than others.